slath·​er | \ ˈsla-t͟hər How to pronounce slather (audio) \

Definition of slather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a great quantity often used in plural


slathered; slathering\ ˈsla-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce slathering (audio) , ˈslat͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of slather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use or spend in a wasteful or lavish manner : squander
2a : to spread thickly or lavishly slathered sunscreen on her skin
b : to spread something thickly or lavishly on slathered her skin with sunscreen

Examples of slather in a Sentence


We ate lobster slathered with butter.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So make like Jolie and slather on some SPF (her immaculate complexion is nothing if calculated), grab your favorite shades, and welcome summer's last legs with lengths that are done-up and let down. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Brings Back the Hollywood Blowout," 27 Aug. 2018 When Jessica Alba first launched Honest Beauty back in 2015, there were a whopping 83 products to swipe, slather, and swatch. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Jessica Alba: Why I'm Relaunching Honest Beauty," 27 June 2018 Water Street Brewery adds homemade stuffing to the meat mixture and slathers the entire thing with WSB Amber beer gravy and Wisconsin cranberry sauce. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sporkies 2018 finalists highlight everything fried, delicious and totally weird at the Wisconsin State Fair," 18 June 2018 So slather on the sunscreen, sink your toes into the sand or soft grass, and dig in to these new books. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "What to Read This Summer," 14 June 2018 The resulting slather is truly unique, worthy of the wings wearing it. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "10 of our favorite chicken wing spots in Chicago," 30 Apr. 2018 Curry on Fire’s cauliflower is a nuclear orange and crimson hue, the result of slather of turmeric and chili paste. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Worth a trip: Manchurian Cauliflower from Curry on Fire," 15 Nov. 2017 So slather on the sunblock and consider keeping your window shade down. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "5 Beauty Secrets of Flight Attendants," 8 June 2017 Then add a generous slather of barbecue sauce and three half-pound smoked hamburger patties. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Ultimate Destroyer: This KC BBQ sandwich made USA Today's list of 'ginormous' foods | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To quell the condition, Tsai was constantly slathering on Aquaphor, so blotting papers were always within arm’s reach. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Tatcha’s Vicky Tsai Has Earned the Trust of Geishas," 12 June 2018 My favorite part is taking the mask off and slathering my face and hands with the leftover essence. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Editors Tell You Their Favorite Things You Probably Missed in 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 The Food Stalls at the Central Market Hall (Nagy Vásárcsarnok)Why eat a huge disk of fried dough slathered with garlic and sour cream? András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Budapest," 29 Aug. 2018 So what’s with the kerfuffle over breaded chicken slathered with tomato sauce and melted cheese? Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Crikey, Bruce, Our Aussie Lingo Has Gone Walkabout," 2 Aug. 2018 Crunchy lengths of baguette, slathered with a saffron and espelette pepper rouille, stand at attention in the classic dish. Ellen Bhang,, "At Shepard, a vibrant pink is a match for bouillabaisse," 22 May 2018 For example, Bistro 82 will serve a short rib, cooked to medium-rare plus, then grilled and slathered with in-house barbeque sauce. Bob Sandrick,, "Oggi Ristorante in Broadview Heights will transition to Bistro 82 in May," 23 Apr. 2018 Nervous about slathering a cool-toned primer all over your warm-toned face? Devon Abelman, Allure, "Exclusive: Korean Makeup Brand VDL Is Launching in the U.S. With 3 Glass Skin–Inspired Primers," 31 July 2018 The standout is the salami picante sandwich, a beautiful sub layered with spicy salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, and onions, and slathered with tangy olive tapenade and creamy sub sauce. Bon Appetit, "Gold Star Beer Counter," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of slather


1843, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: to cover (something) with a thick layer of a liquid, cream, etc.

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